Dance Voice believes in bringing value, meaning and purpose to people’s lives through the experience of movement, emotion and creative expression.
Who we are & what we do
Dance Voice is a Dance Movement Psychotherapy (DMP) charity working with some of the most marginalised members of the community. Based in Bristol, Dance Voice is one of the UK’s leading centres dedicated to community-based creative arts therapy. It is also an established professional education centre in dance movement psychotherapy.DMP is one of the creative arts-based therapies, founded on the principle that movement reflects a person’s pattern of thinking and feeling. The process uses movement and dance to facilitate emotional, physical, social, mental, and spiritual well-being. Moreover, Dance Movement Psychotherapy is a recognised profession, regulated by a national body: the Association of Dance Movement Psychotherapy UK (ADMPUK).
DMP is suited to all ages and abilities, its non-verbal creative approach allows for individual expression to emerge and for all voices to be heard.
We pride ourselves on the ability to engage people whatever their story, however they communicate, to be alongside them listening and responding to their self-expression, allowing space for connection, reflection, growth and personal understanding.Dance Voice has a skilled and experienced team of DMP’s who facilitate DMP sessions on and off sight, in groups and 1:1 and provide clinical supervision.
I applied to volunteer with Dance Voice in the year 2000, not having any knowledge of what the role entailed, as I had never worked with my chosen client group before, and definitely not knowing what Dance Therapy meant. I was met with enthusiasm from all the team, who have always been pleased to see me and appreciative of my input. The client group are always happy to see me, especially if I have missed a week or two, making me feel really pleased that I come along every Friday. It is so lovely to work with the group, collectively and individually, really making me smile when you see a client achieve something new, observe anything from a smile, occasionally a sadness which one can move to a new gesture, expressing themselves in their own personal style. It is so rewarding to see the clients growing in confidence and cheerfulness,, knowing that in some small way I am contributing to that. I am invited by the staff to partake in the annual public Showcase performance, and any other event which could assist them in some small way, I am always pleased to be included.
I bring a middle aged lady to Dance Voice, on a Friday morning ,which she enjoys very very much I find she benefits from going there as, she seems to find herself , socialises ,and expresses herself in dance and movement , relaxes and interacts well with in the group , I am sure she would miss all of this if it was to be taken from her ,to her it is a safe haven ,a place of enjoyment also a learning class for her to respect others .
The MA course at Dance Voice has enriched my life, both personally and professionally. Throughout the training, I developed and refined my skills in order to work with a range of different client groups; the process involved theoretical and experiential learning, which greatly helped to develop my confidence. Tutors were highly supportive as I delved deeper into my own psychological state, and by the end of the three years I was aware of having become a fully integrated and embodied individual. I am left with a great sense of personal achievement, as well as being experienced and qualified to offer DMP sessions to others.